Harlem Middle teacher charged with sexual exploitation of minor

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – Columbia County investigators arrested a Harlem Middle history teacher over the weekend.

Joseph Scalise, who teaches 8th grade at the school, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to the Sheriff’s Office Scalise is accused of asking a 14 year old girl, via snapchat, to send explicit pictures.

The grandparents of the student saw the message and contacted the Sheriff’s office.

The Columbia County Board of Education has released a statement regarding Scalise’s arrest, stating that they seek to inform Harlem Middle School parents of the situation.

Friday evening, June 9, 2017, Harlem Middle School coach and eighth grade teacher Joseph Scalise was charged with Sexual Exploitation of Children – Felony. The School District seeks to inform Harlem Middle School parents and community of this occurrence in an effort to insure that they are aware and may respond, as appropriate.

The Columbia County School District is committed to providing its students with the best education possible in a safe, positive environment. In doing so, we hold our faculty and staff to the highest standards and have zero tolerance for any behavior that detracts from our mission. Accordingly, we will take appropriate action in this case.

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